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Handel: Messiah, HWV 56

Release date: 04 Nov 2016, CHSA5176-77

Artists

John Relyea, Erin Wall, Andrew Staples, Elizabeth DeShong, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis

Composers

George Frideric Handel

Label

Category

Orchestral

Period

Baroque

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George Frideric Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 1: Part I  
Sinfonia: Grave - Allegro moderato 03:37  
Accompanied Recitative: Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye my People (Tenor) 02:33  
Aria: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (Tenor) 03:21  
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed (Chorus) 02:35  
Accompanied Recitative: Thus saith the Lord (Bass) 01:31  
Aria: But who may abide the day of His coming (Mezzo-soprano) 04:01  
And He shall purify the sons of Levi (Chorus) 02:31  
Recitative: Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive (Mezzo-soprano) 00:29  
Air: O Thou that Tellest Good Tidings to Zion (Mezzo-soprano, Chorus) 05:07  
Accompanied Recitative: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (Bass) 02:20  
Aria: The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light (Bass) 03:09  
For unto us a child is born (Chorus) 04:04  
Pastoral Symphony 00:53  
Accompanied Recitative: There were Shepherds Abiding in the Field (Soprano) 00:14  
Accompanied: And lo, the angel of the Lord (Soprano) 00:21  
Recitative: And the Angel said unto them (Soprano) 00:38  
Recitative: And suddenly there was the angel (Soprano) 00:18  
Glory to God in the highest (Chorus) 02:04  
Aria: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Soprano) 04:45  
Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd (Mezzo-soprano) 00:28  
Duet: He shall feed His flock (Mezzo-soprano, Soprano) 05:21  
His yoke is easy. Not too fast and with lots of bounce! (Chorus) 02:24  
 

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Experience the transcendent glory of Messiah in Sir Andrew Davis’s new, majestic, must-hear edition of Handel’s beloved classic.

Recorded live for SACD release in surround sound, this unique version makes use of all the colours available from the modern symphony orchestra to underline the mood and meaning of the individual movements. Without detracting from the innate power of the original, the conductor’s score calls for moments of drama, pathos, and even, sometimes, whimsicality. It is supported by substantial brass and woodwind forces, and several percussion instruments (including marimba!). As he explains in a very personal booklet note, this leading British conductor brings immense dedication to what is probably the most famous piece of British sacred music ever composed, this version being one which he has conducted live only a few times, including on this recording. He confesses: ‘Everything I have done instrumentally stems from the enormous respect, even awe, which I feel towards this supreme masterpiece’.

Handel: Messiah, HWV 56

Category Orchestral

Period Baroque

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